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How Far We’ve Come Since the 1954 Brown v. Board Ruling!

How Far We've Come Since the 1954 Brown v. Board Ruling!

Today in 1954, the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling was handed down.  

When it comes to landmark Supreme Court cases, Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka just might take the cake. The ruling that came down on May 17th, 1954 would shape the future of American education – and of America as a whole.

Essentially up until this ruling, racial segregation guided America. In 1896, the Super Court case Plessy v. Ferguson ruled that as long as the separate facilities were equal, racial segregation didn’t violate the Fourteenth Amendment. Based on that ruling, classrooms across America were separated based on the color of their students’ skin.

Despite finding that segregated education disadvantaged black kids in Topeka, the District Court who first heard the Brown v. Board case ruled in favor of the Board of Education. The NAACP sponsored the case, though, and it was eventually heard before the Supreme Court. Our highest national court ruled in favor of Oliver L. Brown and the desegregation of schools unanimously.

When the people agreed to be plaintiffs in the case, they never knew they would change history. The individuals who make up this story were ordinary people. They were teachers, secretaries, welders, ministers, and students who simply wanted to be treated equally.  To me, they were truly courageous individuals who were willing to step forward and be a part of this process, and in the interim, they were responsible for the way Americans viewed education, and subsequently, race relations.

Further proof that each one of us matters!

Today, we can look back with pride on this significant move towards equality in our nation!

While we’ve made tremendous strides since this ruling, our work is not yet done. Learn more about progress towards equal rights for everyone on the latest The Maria Sanchez Show program, Shadow Politics. I’ll be joining Senator Michael D. Brown every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. PDT/7:00 p.m. EDT. Don’t miss it!

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